Thanks to generous support from fans at a gig for Malian rock band Songhoy Blues at The Roundhouse in London, Index on Censorship raised more than £1,800
CATEGORY: Music in Exile
#IndexAwards2017: Here’s what you need to know
Each year, the Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards gala honours courageous champions who fight for free speech around the world.
Parental advisory: revisiting the filthiest songs from Tipper Gore’s hotlist
In the late 1980s, US author and activist Mary Elizabeth “Tipper” Gore claimed, in an interview with the Los Angeles Times, that she was not a “raunchy, inflexible prude”.
Music in Exile: recent cases of censorship
It’s hard for many of us to imagine, but all around the world, people are being intimidated out of playing music
Taiwan: An interview with politician and heavy metal frontman Freddy Lim on music and censorship
Lim recently won a seat in parliament representing the New Power Party and defeating Chinese Nationalist Party member Lin Yu-fang, who had held his seat for 20 years.
Music in Exile: Smockey playlist
Serge Bambara, aka Smockey, is a hip-hop artist, producer and activist within Le Balai Citoyen, or the Citizen’s Broom, a grassroots political movement
Smockey: “Not everyone is lucky enough to have a microphone in front of them”
Searching for “dissident artists” online, you’d be forgiven for thinking they are a purely Chinese or Russian phenomenon. But for every Ai Weiwei
Serge Bambara named first Music in Exile fellow
Index on Censorship and They Will Have To Kill Us First name the Burkinabe musician and producer Smockey as the inaugural Music in Exile Fellowship
Pirate radio playlist
One of the UK’s most interesting historical legacies in music does not involve the actual bands that made up the British Invasion, but rather the people who played these band’s records illegally.
Underground music around the world playlist
In some countries, there have been flourishing underground music scenes sprouting up in the last few years, despite a continuing trend of censorship of the arts and governmental suppression
Fight the power: Protest in hip-hop playlist
Beyoncé has joined an array of artists using their music to bring light to injustices black Americans have faced throughout the history of the US.
Censorship on campus playlist
Music can unite, divide, incite and even disgust people from all cultures, age groups and backgrounds. As increasing numbers of academic textbooks